Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County

Rabbi Cosnowsky Holidays

Rosh Hashanah Sermon 2018

I recently received this email. It said, “Dear Rabbi, we have decided to not renew our synagogue membership. I want to thank you for being a wonderful Rabbi. Unfortunately, I don't think the temple is a good fit for us as family- we never...

Yom Kippur Sermon

In 1913, in Berlin, Germany, a young Jewish man. Franz Rosenzweig, had fallen away from Jewish religious practice, like many of his Jewish friends.  Some of them had converted to Christianity, and they urged Franz to do likewise. After all, they lived...

Simchat Torah

Later this week, we will celebrate the wonderful holiday of Simchat Torah. As we leave the ...

Reflection, Renewal & Return

This Hebrew month of Elul marks the beginning of our preparation for the Jewish High Holidays. The themes of the holidays include the notion of reflection, renewal and return. Symbolic of this...

"With a Mighty Hand and an Outstretched Arm."

"With a mighty hand and an outstretched arm."

When we hear this sentence, many of us ...

Erev Rosh Hashanah 5775- What is Love?

Rosh Hashanah Video

Rabbi Bob and I disagree on something. We were sitting in his office,...

A New Year

Tonight we turn the page to a New Year. We begin the eve of the New Year 5775 and are commanded to hear the sound of the shofar on the first of Tishrei. It is a mitzvah to do so because the sound of the shofar reminds...

Elul

Elul ushers in a time of great preparation for the upcoming High Holidays. 

The theme of the month is renewal and return. The name of the month, Elul, is symbolically appropriate...

Shavuot

This year, Shavuot begins on Tuesday night June 3rd. We will have our 7:00 PM festival service, along with our students who have had their B'nai Mitzvah this past year, come and read the maftir from...

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